Developer Options: Top Tips and Tricks

The developers of Android options are interesting not only for app developers: For here to hide some of the best settings that identify your problems on your smartphone or improve performance can. We show you the best settings. update: Android O changes the access to the Developer options and allows new tweaks.

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  • Enable Developer Options
    • ... to Android Nougat
    • ... from Android O
  • Best Developer options
    • Stay awake
    • running services
    • Show touches
    • Setting Window-Animator
    • Show CPU usage
    • GPU rendering profile
    • Apps grant write access to memory cards
    • determine Bluetooth audio options

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Developer options to active Android Nougat

Before you can get started with these tips, you have yet to developers options unlock. This works with all versions of Android to Android nougat like this:

  1. Opens the settings of your Androids.
  2. taps "Over the phone". "About tablet" or similarly named menu item.
  3. Searches this menu, "Build number",
  4. Tap several times on this menu item - at least seven times.
  5. Android can just pop up the message: "Now that you're a developer"
  6. In the settings, the entry appears "developer options",
  7. And now have fun with our tips.

By the way: Depending on the version of Android, the available settings are slightly different. Most of the mentioned here can be found on smartphones or tablets running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

enable developer optionsEnable Developer Options / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Developer options from Android O

Android O is now reached in beta and available for some Nexus and all pixels devices. And in this version there are two major changes that affect the activation of the Developer Options arise. Above all, you must now confirm the activation with your Lockscreen Code. From Android O you unlock these free as follows:

  1. Opens the settings of your Androids.
  2. Taps System > Over the phone or a similarly named menu item.
  3. Searches this menu, "Build number",
  4. Tap several times on this menu item - at least seven times.
  5. Now Android asks after your current lock code or pattern lock screen
  6. If successful, the message appears: "Now that you're a developer"
  7. In the settings, the entry appears under System "developer options",
  8. And now have fun with our tips.
AndroidPIT developer options android oAndroid O demands your Lockscreen Code / © screenshots: AndroidPIT

The best developers in Android Settings

Note: The developer settings can have unwanted side effects. The presented options are quite safe, though many others not mentioned sound interesting, but can cause performance degradation and system instability.

Stay awake / Stay awake

This setting your stipulates that the display is to remain on at all times when the smartphone depends on the charger. This can be handy if you just set up your smartphone or done other tedious tasks.

stay awakeDo not turn off the display when loading / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Running services / Active Services

Selects this point and Android shows you a Task Manager that allows you can analyze the current memory usage of apps. Also, you can find here information about the currently available memory. Top right you can change the display to cache. Then you see what apps Android has moved into the background.

ongoing servicesShow running services / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Show touches

With this setting, you can customize the perfect screenshots, for now at your finger Android shows a small circle at - at least if you touch the touch screen. In the screenshot to see what it looks like.

Show touchesto touch expand screenshots / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT


Animations of the user interface should be liquid. But they should not take too long either. Who has in its Android smartphone the impression that the effects are nice to look at but take too long, which can lend a hand here: The Animator duration scale determines how long the UI animations. A value of 0.5 accelerates the effects, while a value of 1.5 or even 2, the UI switches from your smartphone into a slow-motion view.

animator permanentlySlow motion or super fast - speed up the Android UI / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

Show CPU usage

Do you want to know what is currently on your smartphone so wrong? With this setting, you can learn it: they simply switch on and it shows Android, just deal which processes the CPU of your smartphone. The processes are listed there with your package name.

cpu usageOverlay View with the active processes / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

GPU rendering profile

Who wants to get really deep into the performance analysis of its smartphones, enabled these developers option. You can choose between a log and bars on the display. The latter is more practical, because here are all the important information immediately visible on the screen. The GPU rendering profile shows you graphically whether the system can display the user interface liquid. Each bar represents a frame and these show you how long has required Android to calculate this show and. Shipyard (also called 16-millisecond line) a look at the green line: Only if the bars stay below it, Android can display 60 frames per second (fps). Extend the bars over the line, then stuttering can hardly be avoided. In the attached example below, you can see that Android when scroll up and down a little out of step has come and requires more than 16 milliseconds for some frames, and thus has not reached 60 fps. From Android O it is possible to activate a Quick Set tile for the GPU profile.

gpu profileShow GPU rendering profile / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

From Android Nougat: Allow External memory usage of apps

In Android nougat Google has introduced a point with which you can watch retrieve control of memory cards. The description to go by, so might return 4.4 Kitkat the memory usage of the times before Android: Because this item is activated, Android gives back all apps any write access to your memory card. Small flaw: The option does not work on Nexus smartphone, of course, because they have not even memory card reader. However, this option has so far found no discernible distribution.

memory card android nBring Android nougat a comeback of the memory card with it? / © Screenshot: AndroidPIT

From Android O: More precise control over Bluetooth audio codecs

In the Developer settings of Android O some options that you can intervene in the details of a Bluetooth audio connection, see. always the default settings automatically set the best selection. but who for example want to try different codecs can intervene here. If something goes not, should you go back to the default values.

AndroidPIT developer options bluetoothFrom Android O: New Developer options for Bluetooth audio codecs / © screenshots: AndroidPIT

And now it's your turn: Which developer settings used by your everyday life? Or your programmed for Android and used some of the options for this? In the comments you can share your tips.